About State Opening of Parliament
Please note that this is available to UK schools only
KS1 English, History
Using costumes, props, storytelling and role play, discover why and how the three parts of Parliament come together on this special day. Then visit the Palace of Westminster and follow the procession routes taken by Black Rod, the Right Honorable Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister and Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
NB: Parliament is a working building and access to different parts of the Palace of Westminster, as part of your tour, will vary due to Parliamentary business.
Your visit might include:
Norman Porch, the Robing Room and/or The Royal Gallery
The House of Commons and/or House of Lords chambers
Central Lobby, at the ‘heart’ of the Houses of Parliament
Westminster Hall, the last remaining part of the original Palace
NB: For this programme, your school's constituency MP will be informed of your visit and they will be invited along to meet your students and answer their questions. This is subject to the MP’s availability in Westminster at the time of your visit.
Visiting times and information
Open to: UK pupils age 5-7 only (Year 1-2 England & Wales, P2-3 Northern Ireland and Primary 2-3 Scotland)
Duration: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Dates: Monday 19 September, 17 October, 21 November, 12 December 2016
Places per session: 32 (to include pupils and teachers)
Please ensure that you have the minimum adult:pupil ratio of 1:7 (ages 5-7), for safe supervision around the estate.
Due to high demand for our programmes, we ask for a minimum group size of 5 pupils and no more than 2 accompanying adults. If you are booking for under 15 people in total (including adults), please be aware that we may combine your group with another of the same age in order to share to visit.
However, we welcome pupils with SEN - please contact us to discuss your requirements.
If you think your pupils may be anxious about their visit, you can go through the visit with them before the trip, in class, with our downloadable visit story.
How to Book
Bookings for State Opening of Parliament tours and workshops are taken through our telephone bookings days.
We are currently booking for:
- You can check what availability we have left for Summer term 2016 bookings on our Short Notice Bookings page and call us on 0207 219 4496.
- We will be booking for Spring Term 2017 in September 2016. Spring term dates are between Tuesday 3rd January to Friday 31st March (expecting half term 13th February - 17th February).
Please note that Parliament's Education Service programmes are extremely popular and fill up quickly.
Before calling us on bookings day, please read our information for bookings day
Information to help you plan a safe visit
Map of the Parliamentary estate
Tours with workshop FAQs